AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Bishops wonder how to support the peace process

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 armed groups   violence   bishops   politics  

Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - The President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, Archbishop of Tunja, His Exc. Mgr. Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, I.M.C. speaking to the local press said that the peace process with FARC is going in the right direction, but it is necessary to explain the agreements to all Colombians and with a simple and clear language. "For example a large flaw, for me, is that a pedagogy to explain the peace process was not carried out. A pedagogy with an elite, from lawyer to lawyer was made, but not for simple people" said the Archbishop, according to the note sent to Fides.
Mgr. Castro Quiroga also commented the referendum that should approve the peace agreements, "it would be better for everyone to vote not only for the trust, but with a rational vote".
This is how the President of the CEC expressed himself three days before the meeting with all the Bishops of the country, to be held on Friday, July 8 in Bogota, where one of the central themes will determine how the Catholic Church will support peace in the regions that will be provided by the government to former FARC guerrillas. The theme is not easy when you consider that most of the population still lives in sorrow for the loss of family members, victims of this fratricidal war which ended after nearly 52 years. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 06/07/2016)